COIN South will play a key role in the region’s transformational growth, Prue Halstead Chief Starter of COIN South said last night at the official launch party of Southland’s innovation network.
“Like the jet flights to and from Auckland, and the inner-city development, we can all feel the transformation that is afoot in this region and we are riding the crest of this wave.
COIN South is a space for innovation to be nurtured, for businesses to grow and scale and quite possibly, transform our economy. So that our children and our grandchildren can choose to make their homes here, to start and grow businesses here.”
COIN South is an Invercargill based innovation network, collaborating with community organisations, businesses and individual investors to invest in and support the region’s innovators and founders.
Officially opening its doors for business last night, COIN South launch party was attended by over 120 local business people, founders and potential investors.
COIN’s Chief Activator Louise Evans said “To see the space humming with a diverse mix of the community, from game developers and fishermen to chief executives and board directors, was just amazing.”
Startup Dunedin Chief Starter, Donna Hall, guest panellist at the launch said “It was a privilege to be able to attend the COIN South launch event and be part of their journey to establish a start-up ecosystem in the Southland region. The buzz in the room was contagious and we can’t wait to see our deep south neighbours grow and thrive”.
Evans said “We’re keen to meet all the founders, inventors and backyard schemers in Southland. Everyone knows someone who has a side business, or a burning idea. At COIN we can help connect those people with the right expertise and funding to help them grow”.
COIN South has already met with over 40 founders and inventors from around the region. If you have a start-up or business idea, please contact Louise Evans on [email protected]
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